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  • Opinion: The Problem with Google Drive

    Google Drive is here. On paper the Google cloud storage service compares favorably against rivals like Dropbox, SkyDrive, and Box. However, there's one aspect of Google Drive that could force many users to shun Google in favor of the alternatives.

  • Opinion: Google Drive vs. Microsoft SkyDrive: 4 Reasons Google Wins Out

    Google Drive, Google's online storage service is finally available after years of rumors, but with Microsoft's SkyDrive offering more space and better integration with Windows 8, is Drive really worth the wait?

  • Opinion: Google Drive vs. The Rest

    Google Drive, Google's cloud storage service, is finally here, and it's no surprise that the competition is prepared after years of rumors.

  • Opinion: Automatically encrypt files for your Google Drive

    Today Google launched Google Drive, a free-if-you-just-need-5GB-of-storage Dropbox-like service that lets you easily store and share files in the cloud.

  • Opinion: Google Drive to Launch Tuesday?

    Google's expected new Dropbox competitor, Drive, may launch as early as Tuesday, offering 5GB of free online storage and up to a maximum 100GB for premium users, according to an online report. Speculation about Google Drive has been circulating for years, but reports about the service have increased in frequency since February.

  • Opinion: New and Improved SkyDrive Is a Threat to Dropbox

    Microsoft is shaking things up with SkyDrive. The new features and capabilities move it out of the Microsoft-centric shadows and pit it more directly against Dropbox, and possibly the imminently rumored Google Drive. However, Microsoft also announced a change to SkyDrive that many won't appreciate.

  • Opinion: Cures for an uncooperative CD/DVD drive

    Reader Ned Mitchell find his MacBook's media drive is a little picky about the discs he inserts. He writes:

  • Opinion: Save a Wet Gadget, Salvage a Laptop Hard Disk

    I can think of few hassles as devastating as dropping your cell phone into the sink or letting it take a tumble in the washing machine. These kinds of accidents happen all the time, often with the result of an expensive trip to the store for a replacement. But maybe that doesn't have to be the outcome. A couple years back, we offered some tips for reviving a wet phone, including the ever-popular "submerge it in a bowl of dry rice." But if you want a more robust solution, consider stocking a Bheestie Bag.

  • Opinion: Egnyte Launches Aggressive Campaign to Poach Box Customers

    When it comes to cloud storage and file sharing, Dropbox seems to be the undisputed champion on the consumer side. But, for business customers looking for a more robust cloud storage service and better management tools, Box is a clear leader. Egnyte wants to change that, though, and it's going for the jugular with its Box Buster Buyout program.

  • Opinion: Advertising in Free Apps Saps Your Smartphone's Battery Life

    As much as 75 percent of the energy spent by some popular smartphone apps, such as Angry Birds and Fchess, is spent on marketing and advertising aimed at you.

  • Opinion: Improve Your Laptop's Battery Life

    Longer battery life: Every laptop user wants it, but few know how to get it without buying a new machine. Though laptop manufacturers have made great strides over the past few years in increasing the efficiency (and thus the battery life) of their products, even the most efficient modern machines don't last long enough for many users. What you may not realize, however, is that your system is probably loaded with integrated peripherals and bloatware that you'll never use but that consume resources and reduce battery life.

  • Opinion: Microsoft Probing Alleged Xbox Security Problem

    Microsoft is investigating findings by researchers that its Xbox 360 gaming console permanently stores credit card numbers on its hard drive creating a potential security vulnerability for card holders.

  • Opinion: LG to Mass-Produce Its First Flexible E-Ink Display--For Real This Time

    We've regularly covered flexible e-ink or e-paper display technology here at GeekTech, mostly as demos that never amount to a real product. But now, LG has announced that it has begun to mass-produce its first-ever flexible plastic e-ink display, which should arrive in Europe by the beginning of next month.

  • Opinion: I Can't Eject This Flash Drive (or External Hard Drive)

    When CHIN3927 attempted to remove a USB external drive, Windows' wouldn't provide the Safe to Remove message. The Answer Line forum offered help.

  • Opinion: The Cloud, Day 25: The Cloud Is Becoming Mandatory

    30 Days With the Cloud: Day 25

  • Opinion: Microsoft Develops a Faster Touchscreen With Only One Millisecond of Lag

    Touchscreens are supposed to offer us the most direct finger-to-screen interaction with our devices, but have you ever noticed that it takes a split second for something to actually happen?

  • Opinion: Nvidia Jumps on Board with the Linux Foundation

    Hardly a week goes by these days without some fresh news that another company has joined the Linux Foundation, and it's always exciting to hear about the organization's continuing growth.

  • Opinion: Replacing an SSD Under Warranty

    I bought a 240GB OCZ RevoDrive 2 solid-state drive from Newegg.com a few months ago, and one day it just decided to quit working. I realized that the product was beyond the return date for Newegg, but wasn’t really worried, since I knew that it had a good warranty from OCZ. I contacted OCZ for authorization to return the SSD, and shipped it back. A month went by and I still hadn’t heard from the company, so I called; an OCZ representative told me that the item was out of stock. So I waited another week and called again--a different rep said that they had plenty of SSDs in stock, and the rep didn’t know why one wasn’t shipped to me. He said he would send one right out. I called back two days later for a tracking number, and the same rep told me that they had not shipped anything

  • Opinion: Microsoft's 3D Transparent Interface Makes Us Feel Like We're Living in the Future

    Windows 8 may seem like a radical change from what came before it, but some of the stuff Microsoft has cooking in its research labs makes Windows 8 look boring by comparison.

  • Opinion: View Your Hard Disk's Hidden Hoards With TreeSize Free

    Getting a new computer is a bit like moving into a new house: At first, there's plenty of room for everything. Then, a few months or years go by, and you find yourself surrounded by random clutter, wondering where all that free space went. I may not have much advice on de-cluttering your house, but if it's your hard drive space you're looking to reclaim, TreeSize Free can provide you with the answers you need.



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